Good news/bad news here, folks. First up, the good news. You are getting a Flowers in the Attic sequel. It's called Petals on the Wind (which you knew because you are staring at your perfectly arranged set of V.C. Andrews books on your self right now). Now the bad news: Kiernan Shipka won't be back. Sorry; she's too… »
It is a truth often told that "Flowers in the Attic" is the most important book ever written for women, at least for women currently in their 30s and 40s. 56-year-old V.C. Andrews gave us so much in this campy, insane tome. And somehow, a creepy book about being locked in an attic and making sex with your brother has… »
V.C. Andrews is practically an institution. Her young adult gothic horror novels have sold more than 106 million copies, been translated into 24 languages, and educated generations of adolescent girls about consensual incest. Hers is the longest-running literary franchise in history and she's one of the most popular… »
The story that taught a generation of women about incest (back when it was still taboo, before Lady Mary and Matthew Crawley made it acceptable) has been turned into a Lifetime movie staring Heather Graham, Ellen Burstyn and Kiernan Shipka as the girl who fucks her brother. »
Heather Graham and Ellen Burstyn have both signed on to star in Lifetime's TV movie adaptation of V.C. Andrews' bestselling novel that familiarized countless of adolescent girls with the beauty of "cerulean blue eyes" and fucking your brother. »
Kids! For some reason, sitting on a towel on some sand near water has always been viewed as a valid excuse to abandon all literary aspiration and read lurid, purple prose. And we'll take it! Some all-time favorites: »
- More Olympian ovations! This week we crushed on Shelly-Ann Fraser's gleaming braces and Shawn Johnson's balance beam dominance.
- You sent in your retro sports photos, which won the adorable Olympics.
- We audibly squeeeeeee-d when we discovered that Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams were back together. Squeee!
- We did…
Welcome to 'Fine Lines', the Friday feature in which we give a sentimental, sometimes-critical, far more wizened look at the children's and YA books we loved in our youth. This week, writer / reviewer / blogger Lizzie Skurnick reads 'Flowers In The Attic', the 1979 story of a brother and sister who keep it all in the… »
More news is coming out about Josef Fritzl, the Austrian man who imprisoned his daughter in a windowless dungeon for 24 years. Firstly: DNA tests confirm that Fritzl is the father of the seven children birthed by his daughter, Elisabeth. (Three of whom recently emerged from the dungeon to see natural daylight for the… »
Upon first reading the horrific story of 73-year-old Austrian Josef Fritzl, who locked his daughter, Elisabeth, in the family cellar in 1984 and proceeded to allegedly father as many as seven of her children, my reaction was damn, that is some V.C. Andrews shit. But then I read more of the reports, and I can no longer… »